I feel the news this week has almost entirely been dominated by Hurricane Sandy – I hope that if any of you or your families live in affected areas, you made it through alright. Then as Sandy blew itself out, there was the news that CCAMLR has failed to come to a consensus about protecting parts of the Ross Sea. I haven’t read the full details yet, but I doubt they’ll reveal anything particularly positive about the situation. Not a particularly uplifting week in the news department, really (but then when is it ever?).
Hopefully to cheer us all up, on to this week’s Sunday Smiles:
- The week started off with a Baking Competition within the School of Biology. The theme was ‘Health & Safety’ and they managed to ambush us with a H&S lecture after having lured most of the school up to the tea room with the promise of baked goods – I can’t believe that none of us saw that coming. We had to sit through the lecture to find out who the winners were. The Marine Lab cleaned up two of the three available prizes: one of the technicians won “Best Looking” for her amazing marine-themed cake and I won “Best Tasting” with my ‘radioactive’ lemon macarons (I’ll post the recipe soon). If I’m honest, we didn’t have much competition, but still, yay! The title of this blog post comes courtesy of my fellow Marine Lab winner.
- I randomly came across the blog Things I Want To Punch In The Face which basically consists of little rants but written amusingly. It includes an amusing (and very valid) rant about hurricane names – I couldn’t agree more that Rizzo would be a rather more appropriate name for a destructive hurricane.
- Last week we had a groan-worthy biology joke, this week we have a punny biology meme featuring… heterozygoats. Geddit? (Image source)
- Speaking of goats, our Spanish labmate told this week that the Spanish Special Forces have a goat as a mascot. No really, I’m not kidding, and it even has a special little coat. They’re also clearly in a hurry to get places and march funny (the soldiers, not the goat).
- This week I ate my first strawberries of the season. I was too busy savouring them to take a photo – I love strawberries and these were full of flavour. I’m looking forward to eating many, many more over the next couple of months…
- I came across this time lapse taken over a three-month holiday in Europe. It’s incredible and rather enthralling to watch, and quite fun to see if you can recognise where the different places are.
- I mentioned last week that Wellington airport have put up a giant Gollum in preparation for the release of The Hobbit, Part 1 soon. Well this week, Air New Zealand has released a new Hobbit-themed safety video on their planes. It’s totally amazing, but equally rather on the cringe-worthy side. I can’t actually decide whether amazement or embarrassment wins out.
- There was a Rose Festival in the Parnell Rose Gardens this weekend. I’ve mentioned my love of roses on this blog several times, so you won’t be too surprised to hear that I’m totally keen on anything that involves looking at lots of pretty roses (unless it rains, obviously), which is precisely what we did. I loved it, despite the odd shower.
- And finally, I’ve also previously mentioned my love of watching fireworks, and it turns out that, although I’m not entirely sure why, Guy Fawkes is a huge deal here. The whole bonfire thing doesn’t seem to happen and it’s all about fireworks. From what I understand, it’s the only time of the year that fireworks can be legally sold, so this weekend has been a bit of a firework extravaganza. In fact, as I’m typing this I can see fireworks being set off from the roof of a nearby apartment block. Yesterday evening we went to a firework display in Papatoetoe, which was good fun to watch, although it got a little cold waiting around for 3h before they started.
What made you smile this week?